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Chinese Sound Encoding System on the IBM Personal Computer Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040044D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

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A method is described to encode Chinese sound on the IBM Personal Computer (PC) in a simple, consistent and practical way for computer input. The Chinese Phonetic Symbol System is the standard way to specify the pronunciation of Chinese words in Mandarin, which is the formal Chinese language. Not like their English counterparts, the Chinese words are single syllable words. Their pronunciations could be specified by using the 37 Chinese phonetic and 5 intonational symbols in the system. There are many Chinese dictionaries, for instance [1], incorporated these phonetic symbols into their printing. It takes 1 to 3 phonetic symbols and 1 intonational symbol to uniquely specify the pronunciation of any given Chinese word.